Car Accident Back Injury Settlements
There’s one question on the mind of just about every auto accident injury victim: How much money should I expect to receive in a settlement? Because many factors come into play, there’s no simple answer. If you suffered a back injury in a car accident, here’s what you should know about your claim:
What Is a Back Injury Claim?
Back injury claims are designed to compensate auto accident victims at the expense of the person or party legally responsible for the crash. Because injuries range in severity from strains and sprains to spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, settlement values vary significantly.
What Are the Types of Damages in a Car Accident Claim?
Generally, there are two types of damages in back injury claims:
- Economic damages are financial losses caused by the injury. They include past and future medical bills, lost income, and reduced earning capacity.
- Noneconomic damages provide the victim compensation for nonmonetary losses associated with the injury, including pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Occasionally, a third type of damage may be awarded: punitive damages. As the name suggests, these penalties are intended to punish the liable party for egregious behavior.
What Factors Might Affect the Value of a Back Injury Claim?
Without knowing the specifics of the accident and the extent of the injury sustained, it’s difficult to predict how much compensation you’re likely to receive in a settlement. Broadly speaking, the severity of the injury is the most consequential factor. However, other considerations can affect the amount of money you receive, including:
- Comparative or Contributory Negligence: In comparative-negligence states, the victim can recover compensation provided the other party was at least 50% at fault. In contributory-negligence states, the victim will not receive any compensation if they were at fault to any degree.
- Failure to Mitigate Damages: It’s incumbent upon the victim to take steps to mitigate their damages, such as by following required medical treatments.
Contact a Back Injury Lawyer
If you suffered a back injury in an auto accident and believe the other driver was at fault, contact an auto accident attorney at Morgan & Morgan. We fight on behalf of injury victims to put them in position to win the largest settlement possible. Get started today by filling out a free case evaluation.